Islamabad - The top officer of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday briefed the Senate committee about the rising human trafficking in Pakistan and gave warning shots that the country may join “Tier-3 List” of 23 countries who are facing sanctions because of their involvement in human trafficking.

Director General FIA Akbar Khan Hoti in his briefing to the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, which met under the chairmanship of Senator Rehman Malik, said that Pakistan, this year, was facing severe threat that it might be included in the list of Tier-3 List of those countries where human trafficking was on the rise. He further said that those countries were included in this list that failed to comply with minimum to prevent human trafficking. “This would happen if we don’t improve our performance in this front,” he said, adding that Pakistan might face travel restrictions or cut in US aid,” DG FIA told the lawmakers. In 2013, Pakistan was on “Tier-2 List” with other 72 states with a large number of human trafficking cases in the countries.

Chairman Committee Rehman Malik was of the view that thousands of people were being trafficked near Iran’s border where militant organisation Daish, (Islamic States) recruited them.